January 19th, 2010
09:47 PM ET
10 years ago

Coakley 'heartbroken' over loss

A 'heartbroken' Martha Coakley congratulated her Republican opponent Tuesday on his upset victory over her to fill the U.S. Senate seat held for decades by liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy.

A 'heartbroken' Martha Coakley congratulated her Republican opponent Tuesday on his upset victory over her to fill the U.S. Senate seat held for decades by liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy.

Boston (CNN) - A "heartbroken" Martha Coakley congratulated her Republican opponent Tuesday on his upset victory over her to fill the U.S. Senate seat held for decades by liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy.

In a subdued concession speech, Coakley, the Democratic Massachusetts attorney general, said she expected a tough assessment of her loss and lots of "Wednesday-morning quarterbacking" after losing a seat held by Democrats for more than 50 years.

"I am heartbroken at the result," Coakley said, later adding: "Although I am very disappointed, I always respect the voters' choice."

Coakley's defeat to Republican state Sen. Scott Brown was a major blow to Democrats, who now lose their super-majority control of the Senate to imperil President Barack Obama's domestic agenda.

In an unintentional symbol of the damage, the other Massachusetts senator, Democrat John Kerry, was on crutches as he stood on stage with Coakley.

Coakley thanked her supporters for what she called their "fierce determination."

Privately, Democratic sources have criticized Coakley for what they described as an ineffective campaign in a race she was expected to win easily.

No Republican had won a U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts since 1972, and Democrats control the governorship, both houses of the state legislature, and the state's entire congressional delegation.

Coakley said she called Brown to congratulate him, and that she received a call from Obama, who she said urged her to keep fighting for the people of Massachusetts.

She concluded by quoting the signature line of Ted Kennedy, who died of brain cancer last August, saying: "The work begins anew, the hope rises again, and the dream lives on."

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. j

    The voters are wrong. Poor Ted Kennedy is probably spinning in his grave.

    January 19, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Why should she be heartbroken...She actually thought the vote in the bag and didn't run a tough campaign. Some people have a sense of entitlement, and she is one of them.

    January 19, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Michael from Ventura


    January 19, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  4. Wmscot

    You are heart broken ! What about the rest of the nation of right thinking democrats that were counting on our health care ? You dropped the ball lady and the nation saw it live ! You let us all down !

    January 19, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  5. nathan

    their dream is dead. They will NEVER be able to nationalize our health care system. You have to think they will learn that lesson eventually

    January 19, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Nevada dude

    She should be– she royally muffed her campaign, and endangered the chance for millions of americans to get fair health care.

    However, I STILL WANT HEALTH CARE. I dont care what the pundits say, this is not a referendum on Obama. All politics are local, and Brown put in more effort to get votes than Coakley did. This just happens to have some immediate national implications.

    Now that the democrats have been jarred awake, maybe they will quit all their whining in congress and get something done.

    January 19, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  7. B-Koi

    She is the latest Victim of the Sarah Palin brand of Politics. The I am American, and you are not !, I drive a truck, you drive a Cadillac. Divide and conquer mentality. This is a sad comment on what this Country has become. Red Necks against "the Elite". These people get out and wave the Flag and say We Love America, you Don't, and people fall for it every time. You can say what you like, and blame the loss of the Senate race to whatever you like, but it is what it is! God , how Pathetic, what a terrible shame. God bless President Obama, and thank you for all he,s done, and tried to do.

    January 19, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. Fed Up

    Boo hoo. Your attitude was part of the Democratic arrogance. You thought you had it in the bag and didn't have to work for it. SURPISE!!!

    January 19, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  9. josiah

    way to go Obama – real great – someone or many should be fired for their lack of creativity and foresight in predicting this – if this is how Boma runs his ship then they deserve to lose the majority – I'm a Democrat and I'm sick of the LAME, weak, and pathetic way Democrats are conducting themselves and the people's business – way too busy playing crap politics and blustering form an incoherent mob of idiots – do you realize what your slack attitudes and vision have just allowed to happen – really OBAMA – where is the CHANGE – you ain't done nothin!

    January 19, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  10. EX-republican

    You let America down.

    January 20, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  11. Rick

    Cry me a River...

    January 20, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  12. Marry

    Ms.Coakley said she respects the voter. She has to say that but – I do not. America is the land of the brave? A year ago, Americans stood on the brink seeing what it looks like down there and now they are – JUMPING! How stupid can the voter be? Very stupid!!! Voters blew it big time! Why? Because, many voters cannot become imaginative and do a little thinking for themselves. About special interests and how they build their riches. Voters show no real interest in health care, insurance industries, investment banks, energy policies, environmental concerns, education, infrastructure, foreign affairs, to name just a few topics. So sad!!

    January 20, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  13. Unemployed Dem

    I guess she is since she thought she was going to be handed a US Senate Seat on a silver platter.

    Time for career politicians to wake up and realize that they serve the PEOPLE. People who are looking for work, not a new home in Georgetown.

    January 20, 2010 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    If President Obama urged Ms. Coakley to keeo fighting for the people of Massachusetts, the President still cannot hear the people of Massachusetts, no matter how loudly they yell at him.
    The hearing aid he needs to try comes with a little microphone that the hearing-impared person hands the speaker to hold to his mouth. The President's insurance would probably cover it.
    "The people of Massachusetts," and of the nation, have spoken, Mr. President. They do not want anybody to do for them the kind of Marxist work that YOU, Sir, want them to have done for them.
    "The people," have told you so many times.
    Why can't you understand?

    January 20, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  15. Nadia

    This is not losses of Martha Coacley, this is losses of democracy...
    Wrong choice, all that I can say. Who will elect "attorney general" at the time of high corruption. Tricky reality (that we cannot compare to NJ).

    January 20, 2010 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  16. Preston k

    Pkm marta the voters got rid of the kennedy rule they will be sorry when brown takes over

    January 20, 2010 05:10 am at 5:10 am |